"Watch and Pray"

January 4, 2023 to January 25, 2023

“I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled."
Daniel 10:3 KJV

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Pastor Terrance Youmans, Senior Pastor
700 Exchange St.  ♦ Rochester, NY 14608  ♦ (585)-454-3270  ♦  www.colfc.org

Message from Our Senior Pastor 

Experiencing true closeness and intimacy with God, develops over time.  While time is essential it can be very difficult to find.  We must focus and then decide to commit time to our relationship with God.  It is like when you are cooking in the crockpot or baking in the oven.  It is not a microwave; it takes time to cuisine versus cook.

Even when you are growing plants, or when you consider how plant life and trees grow, you ask yourself what the essential needs are that are necessary for growth in the garden.  Seeds, soil, plant food, sunshine and much attention.  Plants or strong trees don’t grow overnight and neither do disciples.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 "But blessed is the man who trusts me, GOD, the woman who sticks with GOD. They're like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers— Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season. (MSG)

A tree that is planted, and spreads out its roots by the rivers, draws from the abundance of water, and remains firmly fixed and shall be established.  The trees will not sustain any damage throughout the seasons; the cold of winter and the droughts of summer.  As a community of grace, the calling required of us, as a church is to trust in the Lord, and to live from him in every season of life.  The image of the righteous or disciples is as flourishing trees that are refreshed by His living water.  God is our source, and we need the power supply that comes from the river of life to grow us, build us, sustain us, to complete us, where we can be called oaks of righteousness.

Church family, I would like to invite you to join me in a time of consecration, preparation, and refreshing for the New Year.  I believe that when we come together with prayer and fasting, seeking the father with the right motivation, He will open to us the mystery of His will and we will experience His great rewards. Let’s trust Him.

Senior Pastor Terrance Youmans Sr.

FASTING FRAMEWORK
Simply stated, biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. The idea is to be realistic, NOT legalistic. Focus on the details of connecting with God rather than the details of the menu, and you will discover the blessings of fasting. The details are not as important as the spirit in which you participate.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4TH BEGIN THE “DANIEL FAST”
The FAST begins when you rise.
Over the next 21 days your meals should consist of fruits and vegetables. Substitute your regular food intake with those disciplines that help you better connect with God; reading the Bible, praying and journaling. The overall goal is to experience a genuine hunger for spending time with God.

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY NIGHTS DURING FAST @ 6 PM CORPORATE PRAYER
Corporate prayer is an important part of the fast. The church will meet each MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY evening at 6 pm to pray together. When we pray together the effects can be very positive. Corporate prayer edifies and unifies us as we share our common faith.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25th END OF DANIEL FAST
Join us the last night for corporate prayer.

FOODS TO ENJOY (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO)
Focus on the details of connecting with God rather than the details of the menu and you will discover the blessings of fasting.

  • ALL FRUITS (FRESH, FROZEN, DRIED OR CANNED)
  • ALL VEGETABLES (FRESH, FROZEN, DRIED OR CANNED)
  • LEGUMES: Black Eyed Peas, Black Beans, Dried Beans, Green Beans, Green Peas, Kidney
    Beans, Lentils, Peas, Pinto Beans, Split Peas
  • WHOLE GRAINS: Whole Wheat, Brown Rice, Millet, Quinoa, Oats, Rolled Oats, Plain Oatmeal (Not Instant), Barley, Grits (No Butter), Whole Wheat Pasta, Whole Wheat Tortillas, Plain Rice Cakes
  • BEVERAGES: 100% Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Black Coffee (optional), Herbal Tea, Water
  • OTHER: Quality Oils: Olive, Canola, Grape Seed, Peanut and Sesame Herbs, Seasonings, Soy Products, Spices, Tofu, and Vinegar

Foods to Avoid

  • All Animal Products, Including All Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs…
  • Caffeine, Specialty Coffee, Mochas, Cappuccinos, Carbonated Beverages
  • Sodas, Energy Drinks, Alcohol
  • Refined Sugar, Sugar Substitutes, Raw Sugar, Syrups, Molasses
  • Cane Juice
  • White Rice
  • All Leavened Breads, White Flour, White Bread, Baked Goods
  • All Dairy, Milk, Cheese, Yogurt, Cream, Mayonnaise
  • All Fried Foods, Refined Foods, Processed Food
  • Food Additives and Artificial Sweeteners
  • Hydrogenated Oils, Lard, Margarine, Shortening, Butter
  • Foods High In Fat

The details are not as important as the spirit in which you participate

January 2023  (Day 1 - 11)

Wednesday, January 4th    
John Chapter 1 
Life in God

Thursday, January 5th  
John Chapter 2 
Miracles

Friday, January 6th 
John Chapter 3 
Salvation

Saturday, January 7th 
John Chapter 4 
Deliverance - Spiritual Harvest

Sunday, January 8th
John Chapter 5
Healing

Monday, January 9th       
John Chapter 6 
God's Provision

Tuesday, January 10th  
John Chapter 7 
Righteous Thinking

Wednesday, January 11th    
John Chapter 8
Forgiveness

Thursday, January 12th  
John Chapter 9
Spiritual Insight

Friday, Jan 13th
John Chapter 10
The Good Shepard

Saturday, January 14th  
John Chapter 11
Revival

 

The details are not as important as the spirit in which you participate

January 2022 (Day 12 - Day 21)

Sunday, January 15th      
John Chapter 12
Sacrifice

Monday, January 16th      
John Chapter 13
Servanthood - Humility

Tuesday,  January 17th        
John Chapter 14
Believe

Wednesday, January 18th     
John Chapter 15
Guidance

Thursday, January 19th      
John Chapter 16
God's Presence

Friday, January 20th    
John Chapter 17
Unity
Prayer

Saturday, January 21st      
John Chapter 18 
Endurance

Sunday, January 22nd
John Chapter 19
Service

Monday, January 23rd  
John Chapter 20
Revival

Tuesday, January 24th        
John Chapter 21
Love

Wednesday, January 25th 
Reflection John Chapter 1 - 21

FAST PRAYER FOCUS

  • Pray for 200 new souls to be saved.
  • Pray for maturity within our church at every level.
  • Pray for God’s divine direction for Pastor Youmans/Leadership.
  • Pray for financial stability and prosperity for our church.
  • Pray for deliverance from such spirits as soul ties, depression, fear, offense, discouragement, mental illness, and loss in 2021.
  • Pray for one another that brotherly love may continue among us.
  • Pray for The Church of Love network in Rochester, Washington DC, University of Rochester, and around the world.
  • Pray for excellence in every area of operation within our ministry.
  • Pray for God’s blessing and protection to be upon Pastor Youmans and his entire family.
  • Pray for extraordinary outpouring of the Holy Ghost upon our church and our land.
  • Pray for our neighborhood.
  • Pray for our President.
  • Pray for NY state officials.
  • Pray fathers turn their hearts to children and that families are healed and restored.
  • Pray that God will develop more leaders for our church.
  • Pray that we are willing to let God move us from our comfort zones.